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Making An Archtop Guitar

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By Robert Benedetto
Bob Benedetto's fantastic book on making your own archtop guitar.

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Best Seller! Ever want to make an archtop guitar? Now you can learn from a true master, Bob Benedetto. The definitive book on carved-top guitarmaking, this book includes sections on wood selection, tap-tuning and plate graduation; tools and fixtures; bracing; finishing techniques, and marketing advice for the luthier. Each step in construction is fully described, with detailed illustrations and fine photography (special color photos of Bob's guitars, too).

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Archtop Guitar Design and Construction

Contents in brief
  • Wood selection
  • Making the body mold
  • Carving the top and back plates
  • Cutting F-holes
  • Top bracing and side bending
  • Neckblock and tailblock construction
  • Gluing the back to the top and sides
  • Cutting the mortise
  • Binding the body
  • Scraping the recurve
  • Making and fitting the neck
  • Fret dressing
  • Fitting the nut
  • Finishing
  • The fittings: tailpiece, bridge, fingerrest, truss rod cover and tuners
  • Final setup
  • Marketing your guitars

276 pages, softcover.

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5 3-08-2013
great no nonsense book

clear and detailed, something for all skill levels...he makes it all look easy!

D. GALEA  Montreal, CANADA
5 8-01-2012

very good book!!!!

luis ubaldo rey  meoqui, chihuahua, mexico Read my reviews (3)
5 4-06-2012
An indispensable Book!

Along with Bob Benedetto's very detailed drawing of the Archtop guitar, this book is extremely informative and full of very useful "tricks of the trade"
Easy to follow and great value for money.
Ged Blackman, Queensland Australia

Ged  Noosa, Queensland, Australia Read my reviews (12)
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5 2-23-2012
Excellent Book

It is really nice to see a book written by a real pro. Far too many of the so-called experts fall far short of their self proclaimed status but Bob certainly does not. An excellent book in all ways.

The Lefty Luthier  Spring Branch, Texas Read my reviews (40)
5 3-23-2011
ouvrage de référence

après avoir pris la décision un peu folle de me lancer dans la fabrication d'une guitare et après de nombreuses recherches de documentations je suis tombé sue cet ouvrage qui est réellement une mine d'or pour l'amateur que je suis.ajoutez y les dvd et de la patience pour se mettre à l'anglais et vous y trouverez toutes les réponses nécessaires.merci monsieur Benedetto!!

lohay pierre  liege belgium
5 9-05-2010
The best!!!

The Book is very good!
I learned very much from ''Master of Archtop Guitars'' Bob Benedetto. The Guitar on the Picture is a Kind of this Book.
Thank you Mr. Benedetto.

Linus a passion for guitars e.U.  Austria Read my reviews (2)
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5 8-30-2010
Complete and detailed

This book is the companion to the video series. I highly recommend it to be used in conjunction with the video. There are suggestions for tools, with some drawings so they can be built to your own needs.
There are also templates for shaping the top and back. A real help for the beginner.

pdbutler  Canoga Park, CA Read my reviews (11)
5 7-30-2010
Very nice book

This is a very nice book written by one of the best builders

Capu  Switzerland Read my reviews (33)
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